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Birmingham Weekender 2017 hailed as a huge success!

By Hannah Busst Tuesday 26 September 2017

Birmingham Weekender’s return hailed as a huge success as hundreds of thousands of attendees participated in and enjoyed an amazing cultural extravaganza with events across the city

Brought to the city by Culture Central, the cultural development agency for Birmingham, Weekender demonstrates Birmingham’s cultural ethos and spirit in anticipation of hosting the Commonwealth Games 2022.

Birmingham is a city of incredible emerging artists and phenomenal world-class organisations who, over the last three days, have created amazing experiences and performances from music to dance to theatre. How fantastic that through working collaboratively the city’s cultural sector has brought hundreds of thousands people onto the streets for Birmingham Weekender.

Gary Topp, CEO Culture Central

Birmingham continues to cement its reputation for delivering significant cultural events with over 56% of attendees coming to the city especially for Birmingham Weekender with 57% of visitors travelling by public transport. Of those surveyed 41% were attracted by the fantastic programme of dance at Birmingham Weekender.


The joy of Weekender was not only the performances by local and international artists and organisations but the reactions of the watching crowds and their overwhelming response to what they experienced. It has been incredible to see the people of Birmingham, and beyond, turn out day after day, performance after performance to be part of what has been an amazing return for Birmingham’s biggest arts festival.

Graham Callister (Birmingham Hippodrome) and Piali Ray (Sampad) Festival Directors

Sponsors included Colmore BID, Mailbox, Bull Ring Markets, BCU, University of Birmingham, and Selfridges alongside funding support from Birmingham City Council, Arts Council England and Birmingham Retail BID in what was a genuinely city wide collaboration ahead of and during Weekender.


Birmingham Weekender 2017 is proud to be part of Utsav, Birmingham’s Year of South Asian Culture.

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